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Ducks sign Stoner — four years, $13 million

Jul 1, 2014, 1:04 PM EDT

Clayton Stoner Getty Images

Free agency turned into a great day for Clayton Stoner.

Lance Hornby of the Toronto Sun reports Stoner has signed with the Anaheim Ducks. Eric Stephens of the Orange County Register says the deal is for four years and $13 million.

The deal is a curious one as Stoner played in 63 games for the Minnesota Wild last season and had a goal and four assists as well as 84 penalty minutes.

Stoner, 29, has never been a top-pair defender with Minnesota and averaged just 13:20 of ice time last season. A career third-pairing defenseman making over $3 million a season might not sit too well with teams hoping to land depth defensemen inexpensively.

  1. President Charles Logan - Jul 1, 2014 at 1:07 PM

    lol wow..

  2. findthetwine - Jul 1, 2014 at 1:08 PM

    Solid picture of Spurgeon there

  3. peopletrains - Jul 1, 2014 at 1:08 PM

    He earned this money by being above average in the playoffs. The Ducks overpaid big time.

  4. lbeezyse - Jul 1, 2014 at 1:10 PM

    You’ll love his grit Ducks fans. He will fit in well

  5. 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Jul 1, 2014 at 1:11 PM

    Having Stoner wear #4 without a guy wearing #20 on the Ducks seems like a waste.

    • strictlythedanks - Jul 1, 2014 at 1:35 PM

      I always wanted a wild stoner jersey with number 420 on it. Oh well

  6. c9castine - Jul 1, 2014 at 1:13 PM

    uhhh. really??

    waiting for Joe Yerdon to correct himself obviously this is misreported…

  7. twinwildflyer - Jul 1, 2014 at 1:23 PM

    Great day to be a Wild fan. The turnover machine is getting paid and going to another team

  8. luvmnsports2012 - Jul 1, 2014 at 1:31 PM

    C’mon Wild the pool is open! Let’s jump in and make a big splash!!

  9. strictlythedanks - Jul 1, 2014 at 1:33 PM

    My fellow Stoner, you will be missed but I am glad the wild did not overpay. Always pullin for my fellow Stoner though, good luck with the Ducks.

    Claytons very physical, with a bit of a turnover habit, but got a worse rep then he deserved by fans imo.

    • wutangwild - Jul 1, 2014 at 1:38 PM

      a “bit” of a turnover habit? he played great last season and even better in the playoffs, but wow I’m glad the Wild didn’t re-sign him if he was asking for that much $. his last name alone is worth it’s weight in jersey sales, though

  10. wutangwild - Jul 1, 2014 at 1:37 PM

    Been reading this site for a while and finally decided to make an account. Sir Danks and LordFletcher, you guys seem to be great fans of hockey and I enjoy reading your comments. That being said, this is WAYYYY overpriced for Stoner. Enjoy primary assists to opposing players (Hossa) with the occasional big hit or baffling breakaway goal, Ducks!

    • strictlythedanks - Jul 1, 2014 at 1:51 PM

      Welcome aboard, wutang clan comin at ya, ya best protect ya neck from the trolls on here

      • wutangwild - Jul 1, 2014 at 3:17 PM

        whipped with Cuban Linx, cut with Liquid Swords, choked by Ironman til he crush your vocal cords

    • lordfletcher - Jul 1, 2014 at 10:10 PM

      welcome sir!

  11. purpleguy - Jul 1, 2014 at 1:37 PM

    Holy crap that’s a lot of scratch for a 3rd pairing D-man. He’s a good guy, tough and responsible defensively, but certainly had some turnover issues. The Ducks and Ducks fans will like him, but would’ve liked him better at $2M/yr.

  12. wutangwild - Jul 1, 2014 at 1:51 PM

    Wild sign Tommy V to 3 years, 6.5 mil per. State of Hockey rejoices

    • endusersolutions2013 - Jul 1, 2014 at 2:32 PM

      Wonder if the Wild will be able to turn him into a at least a 1.5 way player.

  13. dumbassgreg - Jul 1, 2014 at 5:14 PM

    guess bob murray has earned benefit of doubt but seems about double what is worth.

  14. bartendergirl68 - Jul 1, 2014 at 10:49 PM

    His jersey is gonna be a top seller in Anaheim!!!

  15. paulerhythm - Jul 6, 2014 at 1:54 PM

    Ducks are retooling big time. They have visions of grandeur to get past the Kings, Sharks and Hawks. Good luck to them.

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